Beaches closed in Sydney because of asbestos

3 weeks ago

Beaches in a suburb of Sydney, Australia, will be closed for two weeks after more than 1,000 pieces of asbestos-containing material were found there over the past eight months.

The Randwick City Council said the temporary closure will allow experts to inspect the site in detail to find the source of where the pieces of asbestos are coming from. The city council said in a statement that one possible source could be a creek in a nearby ravine where old construction material may have been buried.

Asbestos was first found on the beach in Randwick in the summer of 2020. At that time, warning signs were posted on the beach to prevent vacationers from touching suspicious items that looked like asbestos.

By the way, despite the fact that the beaches will close, experts said that the found form of bound asbestos has a low level of risk and does not threaten humans.